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Submission + - Investigating Clever Scamming Techniques And Their Evolution (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: "Christopher Boyd has been credited for finding the first instance of a rogue Web browser installing without permission, the first Twitter DIY botnet kit, and the first rootkit in an IM bundle. In this interview, Boyd talks about some of the most clever scamming techniques he's seen in the past few years. Many of the scams seen today are identical to the ones seen many years ago — for every profile stalker seen on Facebook, you can point to ancient Myspace fakeouts. For every semi-intelligent 419 missive, you can dig out a mail from 8 years ago still in circulation. One of the biggest differences is that a lot of the old adware vendors have gone out of business or moved into other areas and the creators of the files have become a lot harder to track down and switch off at the source."
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Investigating Clever Scamming Techniques And Their Evolution

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